Staying Hydrated the Healthy Way
- 0.75L good quality spring water of your choice
- Juice of 1/2 freshly squeezed lime
- 3x 3cm thick watermelon slices (cleaned)
- Pinch of black pepper
While I was waiting for my second child to be born, I started to get interested in the idea of food and drink that was convenient, but good for you at the same time. If I had the hours in the day, I’d love to make all my own salads, smoothies and sauces, but the reality is there just isn’t time for that.
I loved infusing my own water at home with cucumber or lemon. But in the mornings when you’re getting ready for work and juggling other chores, it just isn’t realistic and most of the time I ended up buying soft drinks on the high street like most of us do.
I realised that there are lots of flavoured waters out there, but often I was disappointed in them – they didn’t taste anything like the ones I made at home, and some were full of artificial sweeteners or sugar.
The idea to launch Nuva came to me when I couldn’t find any truly healthy drinks alternatives on the market.
Staying hydrated is so important, especially in the summer months – whether the sun is out or not. That’s because water makes up sixty percent of our body weight, and it’s easy to lose sight of our water levels before they are depleted. Water not only affects our skin’s appearance (our skin contains 64% of water after all), concentration levels (our brain contains 73% of water) but it also carries nutrients around the body and flushes out all the bad stuff.
I always knew all this was important, but infused waters helped me to keep my hydration levels up as I find plain water can be pretty boring. The water absorbs extracts and flavours and some of the nutrients of the added ingredients.
You can choose how strong you want your flavours by adding more ingredients or infusing it for longer. Because of the added flavour you won’t feel the need to add sugar. I also think that when I drink these, I tend to have fewer afternoon sweet cravings. It’s a great way to keep away from those cheeky chocolate bars, even though of course I’m not perfect all the time!
Some infusions require a bit of preparation time but most are easy to make and there are so many options you can try. My favourite summer quencher is watermelon with lime, and mint sprinkled with a touch of black pepper powder. Ingredients above and directions below. Try using a good quality spring water as you will benefit from the naturally contained mineral components.
This month we’ve teamed up with Pulsin on a wellbeing event where you can learn more about water infusions, plus give your body and mind a good stretch with a dynamic yoga workout.
Come and join us on either July 22 July or August 2 at Wholefoods Market High Street Kensington and let us know what you think, hope to see you there!
- Just chop the ingredients
- Put them into a jug filled with water
- Allow to infuse for 3 hours, stirring occasionally
- Drink and enjoy!